People and Awards

On these pages, you will find the people who serve as stewards and champions for the trails. The trails and the trail system is a work in progress. Through leadership, creativity and persistence the national scenic and historic trails will continue to develop and come to life and become a presence in communities and households across America.

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. –Edward Abbey

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    Steve Elkinton

    Steve Elkinton

    In 1989, Steve Elkinton was selected as the program leader for the National Trails System in the National Park Service’s Washington headquarters office. Steve brought to the position a background in landscape architecture, creativity, energy, enthusiasm, and an admiration for volunteers and the valuable benefits and passion they bring to…

    Elena Daly

    Elena Daly

    In 2007, Elena was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Extraordinary Trail Partner Award for her steady support of the National Trails System as an articulate spokesperson for the values that these trails represent, for ensuring that national scenic and historic trails are fully recognized as components of…

    Jeff Jarvis

    Jeff Jarvis

    In 2011, Jeff was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Extraordinary Trail Partner Award for your unwavering service and support to the National Scenic and Historic Trails over many years with the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System program. Jeff has been a stalwart manager and…

    Susan “Butch” Henley

    Susan “Butch” Henley

    In 2007, Susan was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Special Recognition Award for her extraordinary contributions over 19 years to the Partnership for faithfully supporting the preparation and distribution of PATHWAYS Across America magazine.

    Mike Dawson

    Mike Dawson

    In 2007, Mike was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in empowering partnerships among volunteers and public land management agencies throughout his career on behalf of the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Northwest Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the National Trails System….
  • Partnership for the National Trails System Awards

    Exceptional Service Award

    Deb Salt

    Deb Salt

    (Award year: 2013) In recognition of her many years of outstanding service and achievements as National Trails Program Leader in the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System, for her support of the Partnership for the National Trails System, and especially for her inspiring leadership in developing the National…

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Craig Bromley

    Craig Bromley

    In 2011, Craig was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Lifetime Achievement Award for three decades of outstanding archeological service with the Bureau of Land Management. His steadfast commitment and exceptional leadership have been extraordinary in the management, research, and protection of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, and…

    Tom Gilbert

    Tom Gilbert

    In 2011, Tom was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Lifetime Achievement Award for more than three decades of outstanding and dedicated service to the National Trails System. Always a consummate professional devoted to the Trails, your lifelong leadership and commitment helped transform the vision of a National…

    Pam Underhill

    Pam Underhill

    In 2011, Pam was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Lifetime Achievement Award for more than three decades of outstanding and dedicated service to the National Trails System. Always a consummate professional devoted to the Trails, your lifelong leadership and commitment helped transform the vision of a National…

    Ken Martin

    Ken Martin

    In 2011, Ken was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 25 years of dedicated leadership with the National Pony Express Association. Your tireless effort and commitment played a key role in the Congressional designation of the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Your…

    Mike Dawson

    Mike Dawson

    In 2007, Mike was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in empowering partnerships among volunteers and public land management agencies throughout his career on behalf of the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Northwest Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the National Trails System….

    Special Recognition Award

    Susan “Butch” Henley

    Susan “Butch” Henley

    In 2007, Susan was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Special Recognition Award for her extraordinary contributions over 19 years to the Partnership for faithfully supporting the preparation and distribution of PATHWAYS Across America magazine.

    Extraordinary Trail Partner Award

    Jeff Jarvis

    Jeff Jarvis

    In 2011, Jeff was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Extraordinary Trail Partner Award for your unwavering service and support to the National Scenic and Historic Trails over many years with the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System program. Jeff has been a stalwart manager and…

    Elena Daly

    Elena Daly

    In 2007, Elena was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Extraordinary Trail Partner Award for her steady support of the National Trails System as an articulate spokesperson for the values that these trails represent, for ensuring that national scenic and historic trails are fully recognized as components of…

    Christopher Douwes

    Christopher Douwes

    In 2007, Christopher was awarded the Partnership for the National Trails System’s Extraordinary Trail Partner Award for his ever cheerful encouragement of inclusive collaboration among various trail advocates and for his consistent essential support of conferences, publications, workshops, and training projects that increase the knowledge and skills and foster a…

    American Trails Awards

    American Trails Lifetime Service Award